Congratulations to all the winners of the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Beading Contest 2009 featuring Crystals! Here is the award-winning showcase featuring spectacular creativity, technique and style. Thank you to all the notable designer-artists that participated in this year's contest. View the Jewelry-Making Contests page for information on upcoming contests.

Grand Prize Gold Medal Winner: Francesca Walton Grand Prize Gold Medal Winner: Francesca Walton

Grand Prize Gold Medal Winner: Francesca Walton

''I don't believe in fairies, but they sure do believe in me!

This is really exciting! I was just so happy when I made this piece ... simply SO happy. I really feel that my happiness reflects in this design. It was inspired by my mother--she believes in fairies and taught me about beauty. No matter what your life is like, you must find a way to make it beautiful!''

- Francesca
Grand Prize Silver Medal Winner: Melissa Grakowsky Grand Prize Bronze Medal Winner: Jeanne Cahill

Honorable Mention: Valerie Aharoni Honorable Mention: Liz Reed

View All Winning Designs Here

Grand Prize Gold Medal
  Name View Winning Design

Grand Prize Gold Medal Francesca Walton Necklace

Grand Prize Silver Medal
  Name View Winning Design

Grand Prize Silver Medal Melissa Grakowsky Headdress

Grand Prize Bronze Medal
  Name View Winning Design

Grand Prize Bronze Medal Jeanne Cahill Necklace

Gold Medal
Category Name View Winning Design

Bracelet Amber Faulkner Bracelet

Earrings Enid Colón Earrings

Fashion Accessories Melissa Grakowsky Headdress

Home Décor and Doll Ann Kwentus Night Light, Votive and Suncatcher

Necklace Jeanne Cahill Necklace

Wedding and Holiday Francesca Walton Necklace

Silver Medal
Category Name View Winning Design

Bracelet Liz Reed Bracelet

Earrings Jamie Cloud Eakin Earrings

Fashion Accessories Caito Amorose Hair Piece

Home Décor and Doll Chris Eves Ornament

Necklace Keiko Wada Necklace

Wedding and Holiday - Tie Miranda Groenendaal Necklace

Wedding and Holiday - Tie Jane Reichhold Necklace

Bronze Medal
Category Name View Winning Design

Bracelet Shirley Gehring Bracelet

Earrings - Tie Sharon Olivia Marchant Earrings

Earrings - Tie Pamela Olson Earrings

Fashion Accessories Caryn Hall Brooch

Home Décor and Doll Sherral McGrail Bugs

Necklace - Tie Anne Louise Necklace

Necklace - Tie Victoria Percy Necklace

Necklace - Tie Karen Leslie Carmicheal Necklace

Wedding and Holiday Deborah J. Smith Necklace

Amber Faulkner Dianne Sims Miranda Groenendaal
Amy Gaspard Dolores Humphreys Olga Nichols
Amy Katz Donna Hunter Sailaja Hari
Anne Louise Gloria Mariano Sandra Boyd
Caito Amorose Heather Simpson-Forbes Sarah Allison
Candace Cloud McLean Jamie Cloud Eakin Sharon Marchant
Catherine Farnon Janet Levine Susan Guy
Cindy Cohn Julie Ann Beck Susana Jiménez
Cynthia Stern Karen Bredeson Sylvia Jeyapandian
Deanna Roach Kathy Aust Victoria Percy
Diana Frisch Lynn Humen  

Customer Comments

We would like to share some of the customer comments we received in response to the Crystal Jewelry-Making Contest Winners featured in a newsletter. Please keep in mind that the comments expressed below are those of our customers and do not reflect the views of Fire Mountain Gems and Beads.

"What absolutely beautiful, inspiring work you chose as the cream of the crop for the Crystal Contest! I am so proud to be a Finalist with such talented artists. The new certificates are awesome! What a tremendous amount of work on your end. What an honor to receive!"
- Candace

"These winners did a great job! I should have entered my 5 strand beauty, I did in Dec. in pinks and peaches, and pearls. turned out so pretty!!! Took me 7 1/2 hours to do!!"
- Barbara